Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Matt Alber: "End of the World"

This is the most romantic music video ever.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Poem of the day

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

From the reap-what-you-sow department

A woman named Kathy recounts her interview with the LDS Church's market research team:

I just finished an incredibly long, drawn out market research survey wanting to know about my opinions about various religions, how I learned about them, what I thought was important in a church, blah blah blah. As these things often do, the questions got more and more specific.

So who cares what I think? Looks like the Latter Day Saints want to know my impressions of them—and specifically if I associate them with being homophobic.

It seems that the church has recently been conducting (expensive) market research to find out how severely its public image has been tarnished by its involvement in Proposition 8.

Revelation and market research are strange bedfellows.